INCF Secretariat

The Secretariat has the following staff:

Linda Lanyon Linda Lanyon, Ph.D. CEng CITP MBCS, Executive Director
Office +46 8 524 86919

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Brief biography:

Linda Lanyon’s background includes theoretical and empirical neuroscience research, computing and informatics. She received a BSc (Hons) degree in computing and informatics and spent her early career working in the UK Government managing software development teams and being involved in two e-Government task forces. After development of a biologically-inspired computer system for vision, Dr Lanyon became interested in neuroscience and understanding visual processes in the brain.

She obtained a PhD in computational neuroscience from University of Plymouth, UK. Her computational modeling work involved simulating cortical neuronal responses and network dynamics that generate healthy and pathological visual attentional behaviours in humans and monkeys. Her postdoctoral fellowship was spent in a clinically-oriented vision laboratory at The University of British Columbia, Canada. There she developed her modelling work further in the pathological domain, producing models of visual hemineglect and hemianopia. She also extended her research into the empirical realm using eye tracking techniques and MRI neuroimaging, specifically diffusion tensor imaging, to understand the networks involved in human visual perception in health and disease.

Dr Lanyon held the voluntary position of Director of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology during 2008-2011.

She joined the INCF Secretariat as Program Officer in November 2011 and became Head of Programs in April 2012. She was appointed as INCF Executive Director in December 2013.

Sean Hill Sean Hill, Ph.D., Professor, INCF Scientific Director
Office +46 8 524 87092

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Brief biography:

Sean Hill received his B.A. in Computational Neuroscience from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. After a period spent working in the biotechnology industry, where he supervised a team of programmers working on distributed databases, he then returned to academia to study for a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Here he investigated the computational role of the auditory thalamocortical circuitry in the rat, research which involved multi-unit recordings and large-scale neuronal simulations.

After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Sean Hill held postdoctoral positions at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During this time he developed the first large-scale model of the cat visual thalamocortical system that replicates neural activity during wakefulness and sleep.

In 2006, Sean Hill was recruited by IBM to serve as the Project Manager for Computational Neuroscience in the Blue Brain Project, responsible for co-leading a team of 35 researchers dedicated to constructing a data-driven large-scale model of brain circuitry. In this capacity, he coordinated efforts to integrate gene expression, morphology and electrophysiology data into modeling, simulation, visualization and analysis workflows on a variety of high performance computing platforms. He has also supervised and led research efforts exploring the principles underlying the structure and dynamics of neocortical microcircuitry.

From January 2011 to September 2013, Sean Hill held the position of INCF Executive Director and became Scientific Director in October 2013.

 

Mathew Birdsall Abrams Mathew Birdsall Abrams, Ph.D. MPH, Program Officer
Office +46 8 524 87012

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job responsibilities:

  • Manage the INCF Programs on Digital Brain Atlasing, Ontologies of Neural Structures and Standards for Data Sharing, and the INCF Training Committee
  • Manage contracts awarded by INCF in relation to these programs
  • Maintain the relevant INCF Program web pages
  • Oversee the scientific program for the INCF Congress


Brief biography:

Mathew Abrams joined the INCF Secretariat as a program officer in May 2012. His background includes Neuroimmunology research, Clinical Psychiatry, and Health Systems Management. 

Dr Abrams has a PhD in Neuroscience from Tulane University of New Orleans and an MPH in International Health Systems Management from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. His first postdoctoral fellowship was at the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University where he investigated the therapeutic potential of bone marrow stem cell transplantation in experimental spinal cord injury. His second postdoctoral fellowship was spent at the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institute where he investigated the role of targeting the blood-spinal cord-barrier as a treatment strategy for experimental spinal cord injury.

Dr Abrams has also worked as a health systems management consultant.

Rosa Cusato Sörnäs Rosa Cusato Sörnäs, M.Sc., Event Logistics Administrator
Office +46 8 524 87016
Mikael Djurfeldt Mikael Djurfeldt, Ph.D., Neuroinformatics Researcher
Office +46 8 524 87083

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job Responsibilities:


In a joint position with KTH placed at the leading Swedish supercomputing center PDC, Dr. Djurfeldt's responsibilities include participating in cutting-edge neuroinformatics research, assisting INCF with services and expertise in tool development, helping optimize INCF's usage of PDC systems and establishing a Nordic hub in INCF's global data network. Dr. Djurfeldt is also the lead developer of the MUSIC library.

Brief Biography:

Mikael Djurfeldt is a neuroinformatics researcher at INCF and PDC/KTH. Dr. Djurfeldt's interests are in computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics. He is interested in the basal ganglia and has worked with Anders Lansner (CB/KTH) on large-scale modeling of the neocortex. Dr. Djurfeldt also has experience in software tool development.

Chris Fitzpatrick Chris Fitzpatrick, M.Sc., Dataspace Technical Lead
Office +46 8 524 85265

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job responsibilities:

  • Developing the next generation of Dataspace

Brief biography:

Chris Fitzpatrick joined INCF in October 2015 and he is responsible for system development for the Dataspace data repository project. In his previous job, he worked as Lead Developer for ArchivesSpace creating a web application for archival materials description and presentation. In past he has worked as a software developer for Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and CurrentTV. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University and a Masters degree from San Jose State University. His area of interests include agile software development, digital preservation, and alternative modes of transportation.

Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski, Ph.D., Professor at Royal Institute of Technology


Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job responsibilities:

  • Provide advice on matters related to infrastructure for modeling of brain function
  • Provide domain expertise and community connection for the INCF Program on Multiscale Modeling
  • Assist with management of projects and services


Brief biography
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Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski is a Professor of Computational Neuroscience at The Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet. Part of her position at INCF is made possible by The Royal Institute of Technology, through an agreement with the Swedish Government.

Lotta Johansson Lotta Johansson, M.Sc., HR & Community Support Officer
Office +46 8 524 87093
Helena Ledmyr Helena Ledmyr, Ph.D., Development Officer
Office +46 8 524 87035

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and execution of Governing Board meetings
  • Managing the INCF Development initiatives
  • Grants applications and reports
  • Coordinate INCF outreach efforts to the public domain
  • Produce documents and publicity materials
  • Contribute to the INCF Portal contents

 
Brief biography:

Helena joined the INCF in March 2010. She manages the Development initiatives, oversees grant applications and reports, and is responsible for the planning and execution of Governing Board meetings. She also coordinates the outreach efforts to government representatives, funders, and the public domain.

Helena is a molecular biologist with a PhD in cardiovascular disease genetics from the Karolinska Institutet. Previously she has worked at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as a Committee Secretary and Communications Officer.

Ylva Lillberg Ylva Lillberg, M.Sc., Web Project Coordinator
Office +46 8 524 87053

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job responsibilities:

  • Coordinate our web design and development projects
  • Responsible for information architecture and interaction design to ensure that provided web services meet end-user needs
  • Facilitate and support the development, maintenance, and implementation of the INCF graphical profile


Brief biography:

Ylva joined the INCF as a Usability and Requirements Analyst on the development team in April 2007. Ylva has a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology, specializing in medical engineering. Her professional experience includes project management and development in the life sciences industry, where she has worked with usability and design issues as well as research in product requirements and pre-development feasibility studies.

Henrik Lindström Henrik Lindström, Financial accountant
Office +46 8 524 88142
Visakh Muraleedharan Visakh Muraleedharan, M.Sc., Bioinformatics Systems Integrator
Office +46 8 524 87428

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job responsibilities:

  • Perform system development duties within the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) project

Brief biography:

Visakh Muraleedharan joined INCF in December 2014 and he is responsible for system development for the Traumatic Brain Injury Project. In his previous job, he worked as System and Platform Integration Engineer in Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris creating a data sharing platform for Seismology research. In past he has also worked as an assistant systems engineer in Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Amrita University and a Masters degree in High Performance Computing from University of Edinburgh. His area of interests include Data management and processing, Distributed Computing and Cloud computing.

Malin Sandström Malin Sandström, Ph.D., Community Engagement Officer
Office +46 8 524 87491

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for defining and implementing an ongoing engagement strategy with the INCF National Nodes and the INCF Secretariat.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between INCF National Nodes and the INCF Secretariat.
  • Ensure maintained communication within and across the INCF National Nodes and the broader scientific community.
  • Plan and organize biannual INCF Node workshops and other events.
  • Develop and implement metrics to monitor and evaluate Node activities and engagement.

Brief Biography:

Malin Sandström joined the INCF in June 2009 as a science communicator, and was also the Program Officer for the INCF Program on Multiscale Modeling between February 2010 and May 2012. From April 2013 she is responsible for communication and engagement between INCF and the scientific community, with a focus on the INCF National Nodes. She has a background in physics and theoretical neuroscience, combined with freelance science writing.  

Malin has a Master's degree in engineering physics  and a PhD in computational neuroscience, both from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 

Jeannette Söderberg Jeannette Söderberg, Ph.D., Traumatic Brain Injury Project Manager
Office +46 8 524 87004

Job responsibilities and brief biography

Job Responsibilities:

Project Manager for the Traumatic Brain Injury Project

Eva-Christine Thelin Eva-Christine Thelin, Administrative assistant
Office +46 8 52487222
Sten Grillner, MD, Ph.D., Professor at Karolinska Institutet. INCF Special Advisor


Job responsibilities and brief biography

Brief biography:
Prof. Grillner studied at the medical faculty in Gothenburg, Sweden, and received his PhD in neurophysiology in 1969. He has been a Professor and Director of the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology at the Karolinska Institute since 1987, and is currently the president of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). He is a member of the Academia Europaeae, Royal Swedish Academy of Science, National Academy of Science (US), Institute of Medicine (US) and former chair of the Nobel Assembly and Nobel committee, and has received a number of awards including the Bristol Myers Squibb award in 1993 and the Reeve–Irvine award in 2002. He was the co-recipient of the 2005 SfN Ralph Gerard Prize and The Kavli prize in 2008, which recognizes outstanding contributions to neuroscience.

Full CV: http://www.neuro.ki.se/grillner/cv/stencv.html


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